Civil Servants: Dual Jobholding

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 29th April 2021.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many serving civil servants are also employed by or on behalf of another employer.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a list of all civil servants who hold advisory positions outside the civil service.

Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish his Department's internal conflicts of interest policy.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

On 23 April, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the management of outside interests in the Civil Service. The Committee published this letter on 26 April. It can be found here:

https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/5623/documents/55584/default/

The Cabinet Secretary’s letter sets out a series of steps to improve processes. This programme of work will also take account of any recommendations that emerge from Nigel Boardman’s review.

The Civil Service Management Code sets out, at paragraph 4.3.4, the requirement that civil servants must seek permission before accepting any outside employment which might affect their work either directly or indirectly. The applicable principles are those set out in the Business Appointment Rules. The Civil Service Management Code is published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-servants-terms-and-conditions .

Where the civil servant is a member of the departmental board any outside employment, as well as other relevant interests will be published as part of the Annual Report and Accounts or other transparency publication.

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